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NAHC Report: Issue# 2548, 11/13/2014
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NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ (NIDDK) National Diabetes Education Program Releases Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care
For Your Information: U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November
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Last Call to Participate in NAHC’s ACA Employer Mandate Survey
NAHC is seeking many more participants for important ACA Employer Mandate survey.

The employer mandate responsibilities In the Affordable Care Act are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Employers of 100 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) will be required to either offer a qualified health plan to all their full-time employees or face a potential financial penalty. For purposes of this law, a “full-time employee” is an individual who works 30 hours or more per week. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has determined that the requirement will be applied on a monthly basis using 130 hours per month as the standard for full-time.

For employers of 50-99 FTEs, the mandate takes effect on January 1, 2016.

The employer mandate involves a fairly complex formula for determining whether and how it applies to businesses. Each business should be individually evaluated to determine if and how the requirements apply to it. The cost of a qualified health insurance can be quite high. Likewise, the penalty cost can be as well, with the penalties set at $2000 each for all full-time employee (after the first 30 are exempted) when the employer does not offer a qualified plan so long as one of the full-time employees qualifies to receive a federal subsidy.

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NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ (NIDDK) National Diabetes Education Program Releases Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care

A newly published set of 10 guiding principles highlights areas of agreement for diabetes care that could be clinically useful in diabetes management and prevention. Presented by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes is aimed at assisting with identification and management of the disease, self-management support for patients, physical activity and blood glucose control, among other topics. More than a dozen federal agencies and professional medical organizations support the document.

The guide can be found here.

"There are a lot of diabetes guidelines out there, and practitioners and patients can get confused about which they should follow," said Judith Fradkin, M.D., director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. "With these Guiding Principles, we aren't creating new guidelines, but clarifying where there is general agreement across myriad diabetes guidelines. Guiding Principles represents a set of sound practices. Our goal in developing this resource is to help clinicians help their patients with diabetes."

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U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the themes for National Home Care and Hospice Month in November. Each November, the home care and hospice community honor and reflect upon the hero’s—nurses, caregivers, home care aides, therapists, and social workers—who make a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. These critical workers play a central role in their patients’ lives, and NAHC recognizes their efforts with this year’s themes:

Home Care: Home is the Center of Healthcare
Hospice: Hospice = Love in Action
Private Duty: Loving Care Tailored to Each Family’s Needs

 NAHC honors November as National Home Care Month with the theme, “Home is the Center of Health Care,” the product of a brainstorming session at the NAHC Strategic Planning Congress in February 2013. The session brought together members of NAHC’s board of directors and the heads of its Forum of State Associations, along with key leaders from the home care and hospice industry. They exchanged their thoughts under the leadership of Dr. Lance Secretan, management expert, author, editor and former corporate CEO. Their joint expression of home care’s goals gained approval from NAHC’s board of directors.

 NAHC and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) honor November is National Hospice Month with the theme “Hospice = Love in Action.” Hospice care provides humane and comforting support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain control, palliative medical care, and social, emotional and spiritual services. Hospice fulfills basic human needs of feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings and of attaining physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life.

NAHC and its affiliate Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) honor November is Home Care and Hospice Month with the theme “Loving Care Tailored to Each Family’s Needs.” PDHCA is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to providing an array of home care services, including non-medical and supportive services to the aged, infirm, or disabled client to help maintain safety and independence at home, wherever home is.

For more information on the National Association for Home Care & Hospice – National Home Care & Hospice Month and Home Care Aide Week, visit www.nahc.org.
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